12-26-2015, 04:25 PM
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  • ddk13
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I'm just getting back in to straight shaving.  Curious what everyone's favorite soap(s) are to shave with.  Looking for stable and slick soap suggestions.  I did one pass tonight with my straight and the soap I used was an awful performer.  It was pretty drying and lacked any slickness.  It was okay for my 2nd and 3rd pass with a DE though.  Thanks for the input!!

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 12-26-2015, 05:01 PM
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The ones I use the most are

Cella/Valobra
DR Harris
Tabac
Haslinger

If you are having problems keeping your lather hydrated you may want to try creams. LEA, Musgo, Supermax etc. They have less tendency to dry out if your water balance is off when making lather. YMMV and all that

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 12-26-2015, 05:58 PM
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  • Chaddy
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Shannon's soaps are really really slick for me. I don't know if it's something different they put in the soap that others don't but there slick.

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 12-26-2015, 06:50 PM
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  • evnpar
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1. Saponificio Varensino Tundra was made for straight razor shaving, e.g. extra slickness.

2. Le Savon Des Volcans, also very slick and a favorite among straight razor shavers.

3. I find I Coloniali Mango Oil Shave Soap to be incredibly slick.

Almost any quality soap that is well hydrated will provide a reasonable amount of slickness.

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 12-26-2015, 06:55 PM
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(12-26-2015, 06:50 PM)evnpar Wrote: Almost any quality soap that is well hydrated will provide a reasonable amount of slickness.

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 12-26-2015, 07:42 PM
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  • ARGH
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Le Pere Lucience is one of my favorite soaps for straights.

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 12-27-2015, 03:23 AM
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I am more likely to blame the edge than  the soap unless it is just a bad all around soap. 

ABC, MdC, Caties, Maggards, B&M all get regular use.

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 12-27-2015, 04:34 AM
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ABC, Le Savon Des Volcans (Savonnerie du Bon Berger), Le Pere Lucien, Beaver Woodwright

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 12-27-2015, 09:18 AM
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Thanks for the info guys!

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 12-27-2015, 09:34 AM
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  • BobH
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(12-26-2015, 06:50 PM)evnpar Wrote: Almost any quality soap that is well hydrated will provide a reasonable amount of slickness.


That about covers it for me too. I like anything from Arko and Palmolive shave sticks through Tabac and up to CF and MdC. That is in order for least costly to most costly not preference performance wise.
Bob

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 12-27-2015, 11:07 AM
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Will be trying SV Tundra this week, but Colonia is great!

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 12-27-2015, 01:07 PM
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(12-27-2015, 11:07 AM)Ellas318 Wrote: Will be trying SV Tundra this week, but Colonia is great!

I'd love to hear your performance comparisons of these two. I've been hoping someone would compare them for some time lol.

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 12-27-2015, 01:52 PM
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(12-27-2015, 01:07 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote:
(12-27-2015, 11:07 AM)Ellas318 Wrote: Will be trying SV Tundra this week, but Colonia is great!

I'd love to hear your performance comparisons of these two. I've been hoping someone would compare them for some time lol.



The only difference to me is the scent. They smell rather differently but I like them both very much. Performance-wise - both are OUTSTANDING.

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 12-27-2015, 02:05 PM
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(12-27-2015, 01:52 PM)ARGH Wrote:
(12-27-2015, 01:07 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote:
(12-27-2015, 11:07 AM)Ellas318 Wrote: Will be trying SV Tundra this week, but Colonia is great!

I'd love to hear your performance comparisons of these two. I've been hoping someone would compare them for some time lol.



The only difference to me is the scent. They smell rather differently but I like them both very much. Performance-wise - both are OUTSTANDING.
Is there any noticeable difference at all in slickness or post-shave feel? I'd be surprised if they perform identically due to the difference in ingredients.

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 12-27-2015, 02:11 PM
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(12-26-2015, 04:25 PM)ddk13 Wrote: I'm just getting back in to straight shaving.  Curious what everyone's favorite soap(s) are to shave with.  Looking for stable and slick soap suggestions.  I did one pass tonight with my straight and the soap I used was an awful performer.  It was pretty drying and lacked any slickness.  It was okay for my 2nd and 3rd pass with a DE though.  Thanks for the input!!

Which soap did you use that was awful? Just curious. As to your question, I'm not a straight razor shaver but I like watching The Stallion's videos and he uses nearly every reputable soap made. Based on his experience I am thinking any quality shaving soap would be good for straight razors. Is that not the case though? I have long seen many posts talking about whether a soap is good enough to use for a straight, and a lot of times the soap is excellent for DE, so why would not work for a straight too?

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 12-27-2015, 02:31 PM
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(12-27-2015, 01:07 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote:
(12-27-2015, 11:07 AM)Ellas318 Wrote: Will be trying SV Tundra this week, but Colonia is great!

I'd love to hear your performance comparisons of these two. I've been hoping someone would compare them for some time lol.

I will let you know what I think of Tundra. So far Colonia is probably one of the Best performing soaps for me. Never a nick or cut when I use it.

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 12-27-2015, 04:50 PM
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(12-27-2015, 02:11 PM)Hobbyist Wrote: ...I'm not a straight razor shaver but I like watching The Stallion's videos and he uses nearly every reputable soap made. Based on his experience I am thinking any quality shaving soap would be good for straight razors...I have long seen many posts talking about whether a soap is good enough to use for a straight, and a lot of times the soap is excellent for DE, so why would not work for a straight too?
Indeed. I've used straights, DEs, and cartridges, and never really chose a soap/cream based on any one of these shaving tools. 
From my perspective, regardless of shaving tool, the shaving agent should always be rather slick - especially so, if a blade is sub-optimally sharp.

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 12-27-2015, 05:27 PM
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I quite enjoy proraso recently. I've been using it daily for the last 2 weeks. The menthol feels awesome after the shave. Exhilarating. Really top notch stuff.  I hated it until I tried it. Very nice cushion for straight shaving.

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 12-27-2015, 06:09 PM
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(12-27-2015, 05:27 PM)Scoti Wrote: I quite enjoy proraso recently. I've been using it daily for the last 2 weeks. The menthol feels awesome after the shave. Exhilarating. Really top notch stuff.  I hated it until I tried it. Very nice cushion for straight shaving.

How did you hate it if you hadn't tried it at the time?

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 12-27-2015, 07:34 PM
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Castle Forbes is all I use at the moment.

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